Thursday, March 29, 2012

Quezon Boulevard Manila 1950s

Vintage Photograph of Women Washing Clothes Along Pasig River

The Pasig River (called Ilog Pasig in Filipino) is a river in the Philippines that connects Laguna de Bay to Manila Bay. Stretching for 25 kilometres (15.5 mi), it is lined by Metro Manila on each side. Its major tributaries are the Marikina River and San Juan River.

The Pasig River is technically a tidal estuary, as the flow direction depends upon the water-level difference between Manila Bay and Laguna de Bay. During the dry season, the water level in Laguna de Bay is low and the flow direction of the Pasig River depends on the tides. During the wet season, when the water level of Laguna de Bay is high, flow is normally from Laguna de Bay towards Manila Bay.

The Pasig River used to be an important transport route in Spanish Manila. Due to negligence and industrial development, the river has become very polluted and is considered dead (unable to sustain life) by ecologists.

Facade of De La Salle University Post World War II

De La Salle College, St. La Salle Building, post-World War II

The building is apparently being repaired but war damage can still be seen on the facade as well as debris from the Battle of Manila. Military vehicles can be seen parked in front of the building on what is apparently the driveway. Photo taken from Taft Avenue. The main facade is blocked by the tree but the entrance to the building can be seen.

Fort Santiago ca. 1950s

This was how Fort Santiago looked like following the Second World War and the neglect of the government following the conflict. It was only in 1950 that sporadic restoration began in the area after it was declared a National Shrine by the Quirino Administration. The gate was restored in the 1970s while the entire area was converted into a park by the National Parks and Development Committee (NPDC) and later by the Intramuros Administration